It is a tragedy that she fell. To attempt to regulate behavior such as this is
silly at best. I am up that canyon a lot and I see what people chose to do, some
are stupid some are simply doing something they love. Ice climbing in that spot
is world renown. Ice climbing is inherently dangerous, to even attempt it you
must have very specialized equipment that is costly. It is more mental than
physical and I have every confidence they knew what they were doing. Her death
was an accident, we need not try to fix this situation because all the good
intentions will not save her or other future adventurers. Allow people to live
their lives in the way they see fit. Risk tolerances for you are not for me or
for them.My condolences to Ms Arnold's family and friends, I am
sure the loss is unbearable at times. God speed Meghan and may your current
state provide all the ice necessary for you to climb that stairway to heaven.
Thomas Jefferson, you were testing us, right?The "pursuit of
happiness" is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. It is one of
"truths" you referred to in your draft of the Declaration of
Independence as "sacred and un-deniable." Benjamin Franklin changed it
to "self-evident."In fact, Thomas, weren't you in
France when the Constitution was signed?We all are risk-takers. And
I agree with you, Thomas, that we should be very careful in criticizing some
other persons calculus of what is a reasaonable risk.My condolences
to the family of the climber.
I agree with you patriot on this one...:) Just because someone up there thinks
you are a hypocrite for your positions doesn't mean you're wrong on
this one. But let me add that our thoughts should be directed for this
woman's family and her friend that had to see this tragic circumstance.
re:Howard BealGo right ahead Howard - explain my hypocrisy. I would
suggest that the Deseret News at least post my response to the two previous
comments which in my opinion were pretty shallow and sad comments.
I won't comment about Patriot being a hypocrite but it might be a good idea
to close this area. This is done all the time when roads and trails are unsafe.
Perhaps licenses or special permits for climbers using proper equipment are in
I'm just glad I don't live in Cedar Hills...My sympathies
to the family and friends of this young woman.
Patriot, weren't you just rallying against having a "nanny state"
the other day? Weren't you just saying how the government can't take
away our guns, even though they are more dangerous than ice climbing? Why are
you advocating the nanny state approach here? Is it just because you don't
well it certainly was the stairway to heaven for her. This is tragic to put your
life at risk like this. It is dangerous enough to be anchored to rock but ice is
not safe and can break at any time especially ice that is not guaranteed to be
completely frozen from a waterfall. I think this water fall ought to be shut
down for climbing. Very sad for the family of this young woman.